Nearer, My God, to Thee: Virtual Choir and Orchestra - Video Information

Composer/arranger James Stevens explains his idea for this inspiring project!

How it all works

Nearly 8,000 people from 130 countries have downloaded the sheet music to BYU School of Music alum James L. Stevens' a cappella arrangement of "Nearer, My God, to Thee" from our website over the last four years. In addition to that amazing worldwide reach, the BYU Vocal Point and BYU Men's Chorus music video performance of this piece has been viewed over 26 million times on YouTube! And now, we are inviting YOU to join BYU Vocal Point and other singers and instrumentalists from universities, conservatories, high schools, and other places around the world in creating the first VIRTUAL worldwide choral and orchestral recording of this new edition!*

To be part of this global project, you will video record yourself performing your part, and then you will send us a link to your recording. We will then edit all of the videos together to create one epic music video! ***The DEADLINE for submissions is Friday, May 8, 2020.*** The final music video is currently slated to be premiered on YouTube on June 12, 2020.

Click on the appropriate link below for your instrument or voice part, and follow the instructions on how to RECORD and SUBMIT your video. If you have any questions, please send an email to or call 1-801-422-8189.

  • STRINGS: Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola 1, Viola 2, Violoncello, Contrabass
  • BRASS: 1 Horn in F, 2 Horn in F, Trumpet in Bb, Trombone, Tuba
  • WOODWINDS: Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet in Bb, Bassoon
  • PERCUSSION: Timpani, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Tam-tam
  • CHOIR: Soprano, Alto, Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Baritone, Bass + Tenor Solo (by audition)
    • See message above the Tenor Solo Guide Video for additional information about submitting a video as a soloist. The solo opportunity is open to men and women.

 * For conductors: If you are interested in obtaining sheet music for your ensemble to perform this new choir and orchestra edition at a later date, please complete the following score request form:

Special thanks to the Lyceum Philharmonic who premiered the orchestral version of this arrangement with BYU Vocal Point in 2018.


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